PokerStars 13th Anniversary Sunday Million a success; $75m GTD SCOOP


PokerStars’ 13th Anniversary Sunday Million smashes the $10m guaranteed prize pool by more than 22%; next up, a record $75m guaranteed Spring Championship of Online Poker. 

PokerStars has done it again.

pokerstars-13th-anniversary-sunday-million-a-success-75m-gtd-scoopThe largest online poker room this side of the pale demon who is staring through my curtains, staring at my bellybutton hair, licking his lips, guaranteed $10m in prize money for their 13th Anniversary Sunday Million, and the players turned up in their droves.

PokerStars needed 50,000-entrants to avoid picking the pack of cigarettes out of the trash, and after five-hours of late registration, 61,342 entrants (45,929 unique, 15,413 re-entries) arrived on the back of Ostrich’s,  sailboats and Starship Enterprises to create a $12,268,400 prize pool.

It’s the second richest online poker tournament in PokerStars’ illustrious history, second only to the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million that attracted more than 62,000 people to create a prize pool over $12.4m back in 2011.

It’s also the third richest online poker tournament of all time with last year’s partypoker MILLIONS Online pulling in $21.78m after 4,367-entrants paid $5,300 to compete in the $20m GTD event (the event returns Nov 24 – Dec 4) remaining the undisputed king of the world.

The team reverted to a $215 buy-in for the Anniversary special after Stars slashed the regular price to $109 at the end of January, and as a result, some lucky blighter will have enough money to straighten the cobblestoned streets around his neighbourhood thanks to a $1,000,061.44 first place payout.

Nine hundred eighty players made it through to Day 2.

The two most common names in the hat are partypoker MILLIONS winner, Anatoly “NL_Profit” Filatov, and the two-time Sunday Million winner, Rob “robtinnion” Tinnion.

The tournament concludes Monday 15 April.

SCOOP 2019 – $75m in guaranteed prize money

We knew the date.

Now we know the bounty.




Between May 12 – 27 the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) series will guarantee a record $75m in prize money, with a $1m GTD event, daily.

There will be 201-events across the three tiers of Low/Medium/High, 18 more tournaments than in 2018 when PokerStars set a new record of $65m in guaranteed prize money.

The schedule is still under wraps, but we do know there will be six SCOOP Main Events spread across No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha disciplines.

They all take place on Sunday 26 May.

$10,300 No-Limit-Hold’em 8-Max Main Event – $5m GTD
$1,050 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event – $4m GTD
$109 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Max Main Event – $2.5m GTD

$10,300 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event – $1m GTD
$1,050 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event – $500,000 GTD
$109 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Max Main Event – $250,000 GTD

Last year, ‘Cashcid Linc’ defeated 26,361-entrants to win the $109 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event for $267,584. Wildace_hun defeated 5,508 entrants to take down the $783,166 first prize in the $1,050 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event, and Tankaza bested a field of 654-entrants to win the $10,300 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event for $1,133,160.